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Finding CHD Accommodations During Vacation

May 14

Posted by: ACHA
5/14/2013 9:00 AM  RssIcon

By Jennifer Gooden

In March my husband and I went to Walt Disney World in Orlando. We went to celebrate our one-year wedding anniversary. We got a hoppper pass to see all four Disney parks and ran around like a couple of kids (figuratively speaking) and had an absolute blast.

Making our way around the four theme parks—combined with the Florida heat and standing in the Disney lines with that heat—made me pretty exhausted. Day two of our vacation was when the excitement worse off and the fatigue set in, and I realized that I couldn't keep up with the kids in the park or my husband and I started to feel a bit down.

Lucky for me, my hubby suggested that we stop by guest services and see if there was something to be done to help with my fatigue. Guest services was super helpful and gave me a guest assistance pass that provided me with a shaded wait area in most lines. It also allowed me an alternate entrance for many attractions to help cut down on a lot of the walking. The pass really helped me fight the fatigue and enjoy my time on vacation more.

It was also nice to see that a place like Disney World thought of different ways to make differently abled people be able to enjoy the park and their day.

Have you been to Disney (or anywhere) that has been super accommodating with your CHD?

Jennifer Gooden is an emergency department nurse who was born with transposition of the great arteries, as well as other congenital heart defects. She and her husband Ziggy are working on transitioning to a more healthy lifestyle. Read more about their adventures in and out of the kitchen at their blog.

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Re: Finding CHD Accommodations During Vacation

Thanks for posting this! I didn't even think of asking about this and it is good information to have.

By Joanna Kelley on   5/14/2013 9:32 AM
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Jennifer - I had heard about that Disney pass. We are thinking of going w/my kids and someone suggested I look into it. Did you need to provide any type of doctor's note or "proof" to get it? Thx!

By Alissa on   5/14/2013 9:32 AM
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We took our sons to Disney (our oldest who was four at the time) has CHD and we got the guest services to give him an assist pass... It was so helpful! They were also fantastic with helping us cope with our younger sons peanut allergy! A fantastic overall experience!

By Laurie on   5/14/2013 9:36 AM
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What an amazing idea! I didn't even think of that when my Husband and I went to Disneyland and California Adventure back in October! I really should have though, i was so exhausted by the end of the first day because of waiting in line and walking in the heat. Next time, i'll speak with them about it!

By Ticia on   5/14/2013 11:55 AM
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I tried this 10 yrs ago at Disneyland for my 8 yr old son and they would not help us st all. I even had a des note.

By vb on   5/14/2013 12:36 PM
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I live just an hour away from orlando and didn't even know this ! Thanks for letting all of us know.

By Michelle H. on   5/14/2013 2:19 PM
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I am glad that everyone found my post informative. I did not need a Drs note, and they were really very accommodating. I just told them my limitations and what would make me enjoy my time in the park more. I am sure that my sternotomy scar also helped. - Jen

By Jen on   5/20/2013 9:02 AM
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Re: Finding CHD Accommodations During Vacation

I have been wanting to go to Disneyland, but have been having mixing emotions from excitement about the idea & planning to worries about heat & the inevitable exhaustion. Thank you for the ideas.

By Lovesjesusmysavior on   6/10/2013 7:49 AM

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